My first visit to Iceland was made last October and to say I have become hooked on the island and its people would be an understatement. So here I am less than five months later, returned once again to take in the magic that it has to offer. While my camera will be busy every day I retain the almost childlike awe of the volcanoes and geology after feeding on images of fantastic volcanic eruptions in the media while I was growing up and let's face it geology and photography are natural partners.
After a couple of days relaxing in the south at the Frost and Fire Guest House in Hveragerði (their geothermal hot tubs by the river are sooo good!), yesterday I traveled to 'The North' to the Lake Mývatn region and boy what a journey. I have heard it said about a number of places that you can experience the four seasons in the same day well yesterday with no exaggeration I experienced them in the same hour. One moment bathed in bright sunshine and azure blue skies then around the next bend in the road a full arctic blizzard; I wasn't expecting a white knuckle ride on this vacation! Needless to say the frequent changes in conditions and the accompanying light extended the journey time considerably as I stopped for the once in a lifetime photo opportunity, that is until I went around the next turn in the road where yet another once in a life time opportunity presented itself. Photographers will know what I mean by this! Some of the shots of the trip are in the Iceland 2013 folder. I will have to change this to relate to spring as there is every chance I will be back again later in the year.
I'm staying at the Sel - Hótel Mývatn and after unpacking had a great dinner of local Brown Trout; fresh and also locally smoked. Superb! Then outside to try and capture the Aurora Borealis, The Northern Lights which have been disappointingly elusive the last few weeks considering the sun is approaching solar maximum. -11 degrees Celsius but calm conditions and no cloud. I had some great shots of 'the lights' last October then taken with my Canon 5D Mk 2 now to put my new toy the Canon 1DX to the test. The lights were there but no solar storms to stir up the heavens this night but managed to capture them rising above the Mývatn Pseudo Creators.
The day has opened to a bright day with the sun hazing through light snow flurries. Geothermal area this morning then the geothermal baths this afternoon. Let the day begin!